EdTech Thoughts, Educational Technology

Challenges of Social Media

It is a widely accepted belief that social media is a distraction. This belief is no exception for Emerick, Caldarella, and Black (2019), who state that “social media can distract students’ attention from their coursework” (p. 269). Another way it is distracting is when students are near others using social media. They will be distracted by the constant buzzing or pinging sounds or the screen’s flashing when something interesting happens on social media. For example, while a student was typing a project in the library, a phone dinged frequently enough that continuing to work was difficult. Thus, one must accept and address the challenges that social media brings to education because social media will continue to exist.

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Learning Pyramid

The learning pyramid is a model explaining that learners only retain a portion of the intended goal. Depending on the method of implementation, that portion can be inadequate or significant. There are different versions of the pyramid. In most, “lecture” has a small percentage of retention while “creating” has a large percent of retention.

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Social Media in Education


Social media has many adverse effects on school-aged students. However, there are possible benefits to using social media in the classroom. The 21st-century skills indicate that a student needs to Communicate, Collaborate, Create, and Think Critically. Social media can enhance these skills in various ways.

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